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The United States is trying to leave Afghanistan again, but it refuses to set a timetable for withdrawal because it is official U.S. strategy that “America’s enemies must never know they can wait [the U.S.] out.” The truth is they can and they will. Withholding a precise withdrawal date may be tactically prudent, but any Taliban (or Islamic State) fighter with an internet connection knows that the U.S. has no desire to continue spending $45 billion a year or sacrificing the blood of U.S. soldiers on what has become, and perhaps always was, a hopeless endeavor.
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This isn’t the first time the U.S. has attempted to extricate itself from Afghanistan, but this time the players involved seem more serious. According to the Financial Times, U.S. officials have met with Taliban representatives at least twice in the past three months in Qatar. (Pakistan, which has incurred the ire of the U.S. after years of ineffective policing of Afghan insurgents residing within i
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